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Tuttle's power running game going strong with Jesse Gregory, Morgan Neal

The Tigers have been extremely successful running the ball through four games this season with star running backs senior Jesse Gregory and junior Morgan Neal, even when it's obvious what is coming.
by Jacob Unruh Published: October 1, 2013
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— Phil Koons admits he needs to mix up his play-calling, especially late in the game.

But why? Why should the Tuttle coach change anything about the Tigers' traditional power running style?

They have been extremely successful running the ball through four games this season with star running backs senior Jesse Gregory and junior Morgan Neal, even when it's obvious what is coming.

“We can throw, just sometimes as a playcaller when you get a lead I like to sit on it and run the clock out,” Koons said. “But just like last game we got a two to three touchdown lead, they get a turnover, a big play and some penalties, and they're right back in it. We probably should have mixed it up to get some balance.”

Tuttle, ranked No. 8 in Class 3A, is off to a 3-1 start heading into Friday's district opener at home against Little Axe, averaging 355.8 yards rushing per game and 59.5 yards passing.

Gregory and Neal have shouldered the load together, combining for 1,430 yards and 20 touchdowns with each player running about three plays before getting a breather in an effort to remain fresh.

“I think we're pretty hard to stop like that,” said Gregory, who ran a 4.3 40-yard dash at a Central Oklahoma camp this summer.

Last season, Gregory finished with 1,406 yards and 22 touchdowns. He's already beyond halfway there with 774 yards and 12 TDs.

“When Jesse runs he can run though anybody, he can stiff arm, he knows all of his stuff,” senior lineman Connor Polson said. “Usually we get all of our good yards from him.”

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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